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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES REMAIN CLOSED AT PRESENT All NOA reserves remain closed at present, and following the lifting of some restrictions in England we would ask our members, visitors and volunteers to be patient while this situation continues. We are still some way from being able to provide a COVID secure environment for our staff and visitors, and any changes must be gradual, cautious and enable social distancing. Broadwater Road is currently closed, and the Beach Road Car Park is also closed. We would advise that parking and toilet facilities are not yet widely available. NWT Holme Dunes, Titchwell and Snettisham RSPB reserves also remain closed, and do not yet have a date for opening their car parks and other visitor facilities. Please also bear in mind that we are now in the middle of the breeding season. Birds which have been nesting undisturbed while visitors have stayed away need this situation to continue until their young have fledged. For similar reasons affecting land managers along the North Norfolk Coast AONB, their Re-opening the Norfolk Coast Working Group is asking people not to visit at this time until organisations have had a chance to put safety measures in place for social distancing and reopen provision such as toilets and car parks. Announcements will be made by individual organisations and businesses when this is the case, so please check before you travel, and don’t come at present. NOA hopes to offer some form of access at its reserves later this summer, but it could still be some weeks away and will remain limited while we find our ‘new normal’. Please bear with us, and we thank you again for your understanding and support

Friday 18th August 2017

Highlights today were at least one Great White Egret, and 3 Swifts passing through, while 2 Stonechats were around the east bank.

In the moth traps a Scarce Bordered Straw was the star:

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Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT still 2.05pm at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 10.20am PE31 8BB
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT again 12.35pm at Rush Hill Scrape. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Newton Flotman at 12.30pm
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT till 10.55am at Rush Hill Scrape then flew towards Swim Coots. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church,N on Church Ln to bend then E on track, N thru wood +E NR29 5LW
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water at east end on west side of Lumps
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red-ringed) Hickling Broad NWT again at Rush Hill Scrape at 9.50am. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills y'day Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh +Little Gull PE31 8BB
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still north of duckpond at 7.30am
Norfolk no sign of ad.Caspian Tern Breydon Water at east end by 5.50am (but Spotted Redshank 1,300.Avocets